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happened in and around the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, the night four americans were killed, including the u.s. ambassador. aman mohadin is in benghazi once again for us tonight. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. well, the investigation into the killing of the americans here in benghazi intensifies. today there was a powerful message for greater unity in the region as protests continued against the american-made anti-islam preliminary. ♪ >> reporter: a prayer for peace in the heart of the middle east. pope benedict holding sunday mass in front of 300,000 worshippers. his message? reconciliation and tolerance. but there was little of either today as the demonstrations continued. also in lebanon today hundreds took to the streets in an anti-american protest. in pakistan hundreds of protesters clashed with police after demonstrators broke through a barrier near the u.s. consulate in karachi. protesters set american flags on fire. more than 100 people were arrested in paris while hundreds more gathered today in london. in tunisia where the protests were the most
there. nbc's ayman mohyeldin is in benghazi tonight where he has an exclusive with the president of libya tonight about what happened. good evening. >> reporter: the details of the attack that killed the american ambassador and three others may not be clear. according to libya's president there is no doubt in his mind who is responsible for the attack. the charred remains of the u.s. consulate in benghazi. libya's president said today the attack was not the aftermath of a spontaneous outburst of street protests over an anti-islam movie. >> i have no doubts about this. it is a preplanned attack. very sinister. with criminal intentions. >> reporter: for the first time president mohamed magariaf said it wasn't just libyans involved in the attack. without giving details he said foreigners participated in planning and orchestrating the assault. >> we have assumptions and we have some information. and all the information that we have now leads to the same direction. >> reporter: one possible reason the u.s. was targeted -- revenge. earlier this year a u.s. drone strike killed one of al
current assessment is that what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in cairo, which were prompted, of course, by the video. what we think then transpired in benghazi is that opportunistic extremist elements came to the consulate as this was unfolding. they came with heavy weapons, which unfortunately, are readily available in postrevolutionary libya. and it escalated into a much more violent episode. obviously, that's our best judgment now. we'll await the results of the investigation, and the president has been very clear we'll work with the libyan authorities to bring those responsible to justice. >> was there a failure here that this administration is responsible for, whether it's an intelligence failure, a failure to see this coming, or a failure adequately protect u.s. embassies and installations from a spontaneous reaction like this? >> david, i don't think so. first of all, we had no actionable intelligence to suggest that any attack o
is in benghazi this morning. >> the u.s. police have sealed the compound with the hopes of preserving any evidence that would be important as they try to piece together what happened that night. according to the libyan president, there is no doubt as who was behind this preplanned attack. he says there were foreign elements involved and suggesting that perhaps al qaeda-inspired militants may have played a role in trying to revenge the killing of its senior al qaeda member who was from libya. obviously, al qaeda has taken this opportunity. they are praising the embassy attack and are calling on miss lambs around the world and moving up security in other embassy buildings. and all across u.s. embassies in some critical countries, nonessential staff have been evacuated. so you get a sense of these protests they are calling for worldwide. >> thank you. and now here is jenna. >> lester, thanks. the outburst of violence across the middle east has the white house dealing with an international crisis now. a difficult balancing act for the president with less than two months to go until election d
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